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What happens if you keep your hand cast on longer than recommended

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
19 years experience Hand Surgery
Stiffness: Keeping your hand or wrist in a cast too long can increase the stiffness in your joints, and then make it harder to regain full motion.
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Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Prolonged casting: This may results in unncessary atrophy of the immobilized muscles, a frozen joint, hygiene or skin problems.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Hand cast: You can also get skin irritation and if yu have arthritic stiff joints as well they can be very problematic.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Hauck
38 years experience Hand Surgery
No: Casts are designed to immobilize fractures and thereby lessen the pain. You will continue to have some pain at the fracture site but pain elsewhere or ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Evans
49 years experience Hand Surgery
Yes: It takes a few days after fracture for swelling to start to decrease. The pain from a fracture gradually diminishes as the fracture begins to heal and ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Cast saw: A cast saw is used to split the cast. It is a vibratory saw that will only cut hard material and avoids potential of cutting patient. The cast is then ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
You can keep it: But it may small bad. Pull the lining out and throw the lining away it does stink and you want to keep the cast. Or did you mean : not sure to do wit ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Suprisingly a cast : Is often lighter than you think, less than a pound often. But it is inconvenient at times, weight that you may not be sued to holding all the time an ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Not effective: Over the counter splints give rise to some support and protection and work well for overuse and soft tissue inflammatory injuries. However a fracture ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Leave on: Cast is necessary to maintain position of fracture to allow it to heal properly do not remove the cast. Do not stick anything down inside the cast can ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
See doctor: There will be some discomfort as healing takes place. But if you are following the instructions you were given and the pain is increasing then call ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Sisto
36 years experience Breast Surgery
See MD: To change padding. Wash limb w/ Chlorhexidine soap while open.

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